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OnVideo's Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases

Tuesday, January 31 -- Monday, February 6

All DVD Releases

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    photo for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns to enforce his bold brand of justice in the action-packed sequel based on author Lee Child's best-selling series. When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is framed for treason, Reacher discovers she's the target of a massive government conspiracy. With help from Turner and a mysterious new ally, Reacher risks everything to take down a powerful organization that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets. Vitals: Director: Edward Zwick. Stars: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Action-Thriller, Box office gross: $58.595 million, Paramount. Blu-ray extras: "Reacher Returns," "An Unexpected Family," "Relentless: On Location in Louisiana," "Take Your Revenge First: Lethal Combat," "No Quarter Given: Rooftop Battle," "Reacher in Focus" with Tom Cruise and photographer David James. 2 stars


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  • Tyler Perry’s BOO! A Madea Halloween

    photo for Tyler Perry’s BOO! A Madea Halloween Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens. Vitals: Director: Tyler Perry. Stars: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Eraka, Liza Koshy, Bella Thorne, Diamond White, Tyga, Lexy Panterra, J.C. Caylen, Jimmy Tatro. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 103 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $73.206 million, Lionsgate. Extras: “Why We Love Madea!” featurette, "Boo! From the Crew” montage. 2 stars

  • Gimme Danger

    photo for Gimme Danger American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's documentary love letter to punk icons Iggy Pop and his band, The Stooges. Michigan-born Iggy's youthful music career wavered, until he found his Stooges soulmates in Dave Alexander (bass), and brothers Ron (guitar) and Scott Asheton (drums). Emerging from Ann Arbor amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges' powerful and aggressive style of rock 'n' roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s. Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. Three ground-breaking albums and just a few years later, the band was literally falling apart. Iggy gleefully relates the story of those crazy years from "I Wanna Be Your Dog" to "Raw Power." Gimme Danger is brimful of music, clips and anecdotes, including Bowie, Nico and the crowd-surfing Iggy himself. Vitals: Director: Jim Jarmusch. Stars: Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Danny Fields, Mike Watt, Ewan McGregor. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: R, 108 min., Documentary, Box office gross: $.181 million, Sony. 3 stars

  • Queen of Katwe

    photo for Queen of Katwe Based on the vibrant true story of a young girl (Madina Nalwanga) from the streets of Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. According to director Mira Nair, "The triumph of the human spirit is not to weep for what we don't have but to focus on what we do have and allow that to take us to a place we never imagined possible." Vitals: Director: Mira Nair. Stars: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 145 min., BioDrama, Box office gross: $8.420 million, Disney. Extras: Commentary with director Mira Nair, Alicia Keys' "Back to Life" lyric video, Young Cardamom & HAB "#1 Spice" music video. Blu-ray adds "Queen of Katwe: Their Story" about the people who came together to bring the film to life, and how they reflect the vibrant community, culture and spirit it celebrates; "A Fork, A Spoon & A Knight" director Mira Nair's short film about Robert Katende, a boy who grows up to transform a Ugandan city into a globally renowned chess sanctuary; "In The Studio With Alicia Keys"; eight deleted scenes. 2 stars

  • Masterminds

    photo for Masterminds Inspired by an incredible but true story. David (Zach Galifianakis) is an unassuming armored-truck driver who longs for adventure. Lured into the scheme of a lifetime by his beautiful work crush Kelly (Kristen Wiig) and her cohort Steve (Owen Wilson), David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash. But when his partners-in-crime keep the loot and set him up for a fall, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hitman (Jason Sudeikis) and find a way to take back what he rightfully stole. Based on the October 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery. Vitals: Director: Jared Hess. Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis. 2016, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 94 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $17.356 million, Fox. Extras: "The Imperfect Crime." 2 stars


    This Week's Digital Releases

    January 31:
    Arrival: When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team -- lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) -- is brought together to investigate. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 14)
    The Edge of Seventeen: High-school life gets even more unbearable for teenager Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother. (DVD, Blu-ray release: February 14)

    February 3:
    American Violence: Thriller examines the violent circumstances that have landed one man on Death Row. (DVD, Blu-ray release: March 14)
    Don't Knock Twice: "Knock once to wake her from her bed, twice to raise her from the dead ..."

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    Blu-ray Debuts

  • The Lair of the White Worm (1987)
  • Parents (1988)

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All DVD Releases

photo for Ballers: The Complete Second Season Ballers: The Complete Second Season (2016) Two-disc set with all 10 episodes of the series that looks at the whirlwind lifestyles and real-life problems of former and current football players in sun-soaked Miami. In Season 2, things are getting more competitive and complicated for retired football star turned financial manager Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson). As the lines between professional and personal blur in his pursuit of lasting success and glory, Spencer must face demons from the past when he goes head-to-head with the biggest business manager on the scene. Meanwhile, Spencer's closest friends and clients struggle to find their footing. Returning to help Spencer juggle lucrative deals and big personalities are his outrageous business partner, Joe (Rob Corddry), level-headed agent, Jason (Troy Garity) and girlfriend/sports reporter, Tracy (Arielle Kebbel). In a business where it's go big or go home, Spencer and his crew are about to learn that having it all means being ready to fight for more dollars, deals and respect. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Digital. Extras: "Inside the Episode" bonus segments that give the play-by-play on all 10 episodes, interviews with executive producer Evan Reilly, star Dwayne Johnson and more. (HBO).

photo for Barbie: Video Game Hero Barbie: Video Game Hero (2017) When Barbie magically gets pulled into her favorite video game, she's excited to see she's transformed into a fun roller-skating character. In the game, she meets Cutie, a lovable cloud-shaped friend, and Bella, a roller-skating princess. Together, they soon discover a mischievous emoji is trying to take control of the game and they travel from level to level to save her team and beat the game. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "Change the Game" music video, bonus shorts, Barbie™ Dreamtopia: "Theme Song," "Sweetville" and "Sparkle Mountain." (Universal).

The Black Dragon’s Revenge (1975) Ron “The Black Dragon” van Clief, Charles “The Latin Panther” Bonet. When news of Bruce Lee’s sudden death breaks, an elite martial artist is enlisted to investigate the mysterious circumstances and find Lee’s lost “finger fighting” manual. From the heyday of 1970s “Blaxploitation” and Kung Fu flicks, the film boasts the crude dialog and cut-rate film techniques typical of those genres. Restored in HD from the original 35mm negative. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Original theatrical trailer; "Bruce Lee Dubs," a humorous compilation where mentions of “Lee” were scratched out of the original negative for fear of rights violations. (The Film Detective).

Clandestine (2016) Nick DeMatteo, Chris Ryan, Janine Laino, Kate A. McGrath, Tom Sizemore. When hard drugs invade the picture-perfect suburbs on Long Island's North Shore, Officer Charles Cooper is faced with a difficult decision: either live a life of denial or acknowledge the new threats forced upon himself and his family. Navigating the minefield of local political officials and confidential junkie informants, an anti-drug task force must uncover a network of meth cooks and dealers in a situation that's threatening to quickly spiral out of control. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Candy Factory).

photo for Danny Says Danny Says (2015) Documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and culture of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. The film follows Fields from Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to director of publicity at Elektra Records, to "punk pioneer" and beyond. Danny's taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: Extended interviews, deleted scenes, theatrical trailer. (Magnolia Home Entertainment).



Gimme Danger (2016) Jim Jarmusch's new film chronicles the rise and fall of Iggy Pop and The Stooges, one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time. Formats: DVD, Digital. (Sony).

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh. Jack Reacher (Cruise) returns to enforce his bold brand of justice in the action-packed sequel based on author Lee Child's best-selling series. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Blu-ray extras: "Reacher Returns," "An Unexpected Family," "Relentless: On Location in Louisiana," "Take Your Revenge First: Lethal Combat," "No Quarter Given: Rooftop Battle," "Reacher in Focus" with Tom Cruise and photographer David James. (Paramount)

The Lair of the White Worm BLU-RAY DEBUT (1987) Dir.: Ken Russell; Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, Catherine Oxenberg. In a remote corner of England's Peak District, a mysterious skull is unearthed, then quickly stolen for use in worshiping a pagan god, the White Worm. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker. Extras: Audio commentary with director Ken Russell; audio commentary with Lisi Russell, in conversation with Film Historian Matthew Melia "Worm Food: The Effects of The Lair of the White Worm" featurette; "Cutting for Ken" interview with editor Peter Davies; "Mary, Mary" interview with actress Sammi Davis; "Trailers From Hell" featuring an introduction and commentary with producer Dan Ireland. (Vestron Video Collector's Series).

Masterminds (2016) Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis. Comedy about a guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. who organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history. Based on the October 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: "The Imperfect Crime." (Fox).

Parents BLU-RAY DEBUT (1988) Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis, Bryan Madorsky. A young boy in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers. Formats:Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Audio commentary with director Bob Balaban and producer Bonnie Palef; isolated score selections/audio interview with composer Jonathan Elias; four featurettes: "Leftovers to Be" with screenwriter Christopher Hawthorne, "Mother's Day" with actress Mary Beth Hurt, "Inside Out" with director of photography Robin Vidgeon, "Vintage Tastes" with decorative consultant Yolando Cuomo; theatrical trailer; radio spots; still gallery. (Vestron Video Collector's Series).


photo for Pinocchio Signature Collection Pinocchio Signature Collection (1940) Disney's timeless tale, considered one of the greatest animated films ever made with two Academy Awards, joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection. "Pinocchio" tells the tale of wood-carver Geppetto's beloved puppet who embarks on a thrilling quest - with faithful friend Jiminy Cricket - that tests his bravery, loyalty and honesty, all virtues he must learn to fulfill his heart's desire: to become a real boy. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: "Walt's Story Meetings: Pleasure Island": The Pleasure Island scene in "Pinocchio" had much more development than what is seen in the film. Pixar's Pete Docter and Disney historian and author J.B. Kaufman explore artwork recently discovered in Disney's animation research library revealing some of the attractions, gags and games that Disney animators created for this iconic location of the film, that never made it on screen; "In Walt's Words: Pinocchio": Walt Disney discusses the making of "Pinocchio" through archival recordings and interviews; "The Pinocchio Project: When You Wish Upon a Star": Music influencers Alex G, Tanner Patrick and JR Aquino from Disney's Maker Studios gather in a creative workspace to create their rendition of the film's signature song, "When You Wish Upon a Star," and produce a fresh new music video; "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in Poor Papa" recently restored and scored 1927 short that features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit; vintage features from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as the making of "Pinocchio," deleted scenes, sing-alongs, storyboards and theatrical trailers. (Disney).

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins, Will Sampson, Julian Beck, Zelda Rubinstein. Collector's Edition include a new 2k scan of the inter-positive, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 tracks, and comes loaded with brand-new bonus features including audio commentaries, interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Scream Factory).

Poltergeist III (1988) Nancy Allen, Tom Skerritt, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins,Nathan Davis, Zelda Rubinstein. Collector's Edition include a new 2k scan of the inter-positive, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 tracks, and comes loaded with brand-new bonus features including audio commentaries, interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more. Formats: Blu-ray Disc. (Scream Factory).

Queen of Katwe (2016) Dir.: Mira Nair; Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza. A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc, VOD, Digital, Disney Movies Anywhere (cloud). Extras: Commentary with director Mira Nair, Alicia Keys' "Back to Life" lyric video, Young Cardamom & HAB "#1 Spice" music video. Blu-ray adds "Queen of Katwe: Their Story" about the people who came together to bring the film to life, and how they reflect the vibrant community, culture and spirit it celebrates; "A Fork, A Spoon & A Knight" director Mira Nair's short film about Robert Katende, a boy who grows up to transform a Ugandan city into a globally renowned chess sanctuary; "In The Studio With Alicia Keys"; eight deleted scenes. (Disney).

Tyler Perry’s BOO! A Madea Halloween (2016) Madea is summoned to keep a watchful eye on Brian’s teenage daughter and keep her out of trouble. Little does she know that trouble is coming for her in the form of ghosts and killer clowns. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc VOD, Digital, UltraViolet (cloud). Extras: “Why We Love Madea!” featurette, "Boo! From the Crew” montage. (Lionsgate).

The Watermelon Woman (1996) Re-released for its 20th anniversary in a pristine 2K HD restoration, "The Watermelon Woman" is the story of Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye, who also directed), a twenty-something black lesbian struggling to make a documentary about Fae Richards, a beautiful and elusive 1930s black film actress popularly known as "The Watermelon Woman." While uncovering the meaning of Fae Richards' life, Cheryl experiences a total upheaval in her personal life. Her love affair with Diana (Guinevere Turner), a beautiful white woman, and her interactions with the gay and black communities, are subject to the comic yet biting criticism of her best friend Tamara (Valerie Walker). Meanwhile, each answer Cheryl discovers about the Watermelon Woman evokes a flurry of new questions about herself and her future. Formats: DVD. (First Run Features).


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